Heliothis viriplaca - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 18 July 2012
Heliothis viriplaca Adult


© Robin Howard

Heliothis viriplaca (Hufnagel, 1766)

Marbled Clover
La Dipsacée

Wingspan: 34-37mm

A bivoltine species on the wing from April to September. Often observed flying in sunshine over the flower meadows of the ridge and Causse but is also attracted to light and has been recorded from calcareous grassland habitats, woodland margins and the limestone pavement of the Causse.

The larva is polyphagous on many unrelated plants, overwinters as a pupa on or just under ground.